Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hominy, honey

Or in the words of Ralph Kramden, “Hummina, hummina, hummina.” If you are not old enough to have enjoyed “The Honeymooners” in the 50's I am so sorry. Can you hear the voice of Art Carney saying, “Hey, Ralphie boy?” Anyhow, I have no idea when I ate hominy for the first time. I don't think it was anything my mother ever prepared. I may have become familiar with hominy when I got some exposure to Mexican foods while on concert tours throughout the country in the 60's and 70's.
The title above, “Hominy, honey” is not just an alliterative whim on my part, it is the basis for an adventurous combination of flavors. As I work out my conception I found that Greek food loomed large: spanakopita, moussaka, baklava, etc. In the end, though, I ended up with something simple.

This took some work. I thought about going in the direction of a hominy pie. But finally nixed that.

So, I am taking this in the direction of a vegetable stew, somewhat Mexican inspired. And I am giving it a unique name … wait for it
Harmony stew
15 oz can hominy (yellow or white)
1 large jalapeno, half seeded, half not, cut into slices lengthwise
1 can sliced potates, cut into ¼'s
2 pieces of nopales
2 tomatillos
1 green bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp honey

Grill the nopales (or saute them). Stew the tomatillos for 6-minutes along with the bell pepper and the jalapeno. Throw everything else into the pot and heat through. It will taste better the next day.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Never worked with nopales. Always wanted to but the slime factor turned me off. I love hominy!! As a matter of fact we had it as a side dish with the recently posted carnitas. The left over carnitas and hominy were transformed into a posole type of green chili. Call it what you want, I'll call it delicious! This one sounds great too Stephen!

Knatolee said...

Having just gotten back from Mexico, I find this particularly appealing, but it'll be hard to find nopales here. Maybe in Ottawa. I do grow tomatillos in summer!

Unknown said...

I used to watch the Honeymooner's as reruns all the time in college! Loved it :)
I'm not huge on hominy.. but I'm betting it's because I've never had it in something really good.

Pam said...

Ralph Kramden was one of a kind and so is your hominey. Love it. "How sweet it is!"

Shu Han said...

never heard of hominy to be honest, so it sent me off on a google search. I really want to get hold of some now!

Chris said...

I was totally in Jackie Gleason mode when I saw the title and before I read your lead sentence, funny we would both hit on that.

One of these days.....POW.

chow and chatter said...

great stew and I had nopales for the first time the other day :-)

Mary Bergfeld said...

This has tickled my curiosity. I love hominy but would never have dreamed of using it with some of the other ingredients. I find the potatoes and cinnamon really interesting additions. I do remember the Honeymooners - vividly as a matter of fact. Memory is important when you get to be as old as me :-). Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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